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Georgetown University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
182 Reviews

3.7
182 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, work-life balance, opportunities for continuing education (in 15 reviews)

  • It's a friendly and relatively easy-going work environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary I got was enough, but not really comparable to what I would have made in my midwestern hometown when compared to cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • Little training, often inexperienced middle-management (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    A friendly place to work, but ultimately an isolating experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    IF you like Georgetown, then the location is great. You don't have to travel too far to get to Wisconsin and M St, and Glover Park actually has some good places to grab lunch on your break. The salary is quite competitive, especially for research assistants who are still in grad school. Since the economists who work there are also teaching or doing some research with Georgetown University, they're very open about helping you with your work and are willing to take the time to explain either how to calculate certain things, which software to use, or even how to set up your Excel sheet correctly if you're new.

    Cons

    As a person who enjoys a bit more liveliness, the office can be just a total downer. Everyone stays in their office the entire day and it's so quiet you can hear the air coming out of the vents. Not only that, but research assistants are put into a little nook in the middle of the floor with no windows, natural light, or connectivity. One of the desks just meets in the center where the walls are coming in, and if you suffer from claustrophobia you might freak out. Those who are there put their earbuds in all day and don't have much to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more of a push to create camaraderie among the staff. I know that a lot of them are introverts and it might not be there ideal situation to have to mingle, but it would create a more enjoyable workplace if we had a way to interact more and get out of our offices once in a while.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Assistant Director at Georgetown

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Work life balance is great; students are great

    Cons

    Very little professional development or long term growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees - do not treat them like cogs in a wheel but instead as important components of the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Adminstrative Assistant at Dept. of Performing Arts

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    -staff was incredibly nice and willing to teach me anything I didn't know how to do
    -department is small, which means the workload is manageable

    Cons

    -my job often involved a lot of menial tasks, so if you're interested in being intellectually challenged this position is probably not for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lot of work, little to no direction

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    Former Employee - IT Professional  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Washington, DC

    Pros

    You can list this place on your resume, it opens a few doors.

    Cons

    Lots of work for a not a lot of return. Little to no actual direction, projects are uncoordinated and poorly planned and executed. Too much red tape and at the end of the day faculty and students pay the price with poor IT support and service while watching the largest department on campus completely overspend the institutions budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work smarter, not harder you need to put the students and their needs above the needs of the institution, priorities here are way out of whack.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A welcoming and challenging place to work, if you don't get too tangled up in bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Warm and welcoming community, strong emphasis on education and the whole person that genuinely extends to their employees. Beautiful setting in a fun city.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a nightmare, leading to frustrating communication and a glacial pace of change across the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The organizational mission couldn't compete with turf battles among supposed colleagues

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    Former Employee - Web Services Administrator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Web Services Administrator in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Decent benefits, work-life balance, opportunities for continuing education. Pretty easygoing environment, depending on where you work.

    Cons

    An extremely high amount of politics and turf battles. Very little turnover, so people are there for decades with little incentive to increase their knowledge or skills. The quality of work suffers due to very poor accountability. Little or no metrics for how well a job is being performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Subscribe to some continual improvement methodology (ISO, Six Sigma, etc.) and earnestly implement it, as well as 360-degree reviews; managers have less accountability than anyone else despite needing it the most.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid-back atmosphere, nice people, but low salary and the evil, dreaded PTO (e.g., no sick leave)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    Pros

    People are nice and it's laid back

    Cons

    Wages are quite low and they offer no paid sick leave (just crappy PTO)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give paid sick leave. Every time my kids get sick or I have a doctor's appt. it's incredibly stressful because I have to choose between forcing my husband to stay home, not getting paid, or missing out on vacation. At another university where I worked I had 3 weeks vacation, all the holidays we have at Georgetown AND like 8 days sick leave/year. PTO is not consistent with an ethic of social justice and the Jesuit tradition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Satisfactory experience working for Georgetown University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    It's a friendly and relatively easy-going work environment.

    Cons

    Not many long term career paths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, but don't expect to be social.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Supportive management, Learn a lot while you work, Feel like your analysis might actually make a difference, Decent pay considering the hours and skill required

    Cons

    Research centers are typically pretty silent. If you're a collaborative worker, don't expect to have a ton of human interaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very enjoyable place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The benefits - including incredible tuition benefits
    Company culture is laid back while challenging
    Perfect for young professionals!

    Cons

    Salaries can be lower due to the high benefits
    Challenging commute
    Can be very stressful if you regularly interact with students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it is important for the management to regularly communicate with employees. Six month reviews where a dialogue is established to set-up expectations, learn from mistakes, and discussion about future goals is extremely important for the employee's success and satisfaction. Sometimes frustration occurs when the employee sees no future where he or she is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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